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Charm
Charms • Incantations • Magic Bands
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Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Charm
Charm. Small object worn around the neck to ward off evil.See Amulet; Magic; Sorcery.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Charm; Charmer
Charm; Charmer [Heb. lāḥaš (Ps. 58:5; Eccl. 10:11a; Isa. 3:3; Jer. 8:17), hāḇar ḥeḇer (Dt. 18:11), ba‘al lāšôn (Eccl. 10:11b), kešep̱ (Neh. 3:4)]; AV also ENCHANTMENT (Eccl. 10:11a), BABBLER (v 11b), ORATOR (Isa. 3:3), WITCHCRAFT (Nah. 3:4); NEB also “one who casts spells” (Dt. 18:11), ENCHANTER
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Charm
CHARM Small object worn around the neck to ward off evil. See Amulet; Magic; Sorcery.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
CHARM
CHARM<charm>: Definition. — The word charm is derived from the Latin carmen, “a song,” and denotes strictly what is sung; then it comes to mean a magical formula chanted or recited with a view to certain desired results. Charm is distinguished from amulet in this, that the latter is a material object
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Charm
CHARM Human grace and attractiveness; magic objects intended to ward off evil; and a method used to prevent poisonous snakes from biting. 1. Human charm can be deceitful (Prov. 31:30), yet the Hebrew term used—chen—is a characteristic of God’s gift of the Spirit (Zech. 12:10). God gave Joseph the ability
Incantations
INCANTATIONS Chants used by magicians to control evil spirits and thus heal the sick or afflict enemies. No Palestinian incantations survive from the biblical period. Babylonian incantations had three parts: (1) an invocation of the names of the great gods, (2) identification of the spirit causing the
Magic Bands
MAGIC BANDS Bands or cushions placed on the wrist in magical practices (Ezek. 13:18, 20). The KJV translates “pillows.” Their precise nature is unknown. Apparently they represented part of a diviner’s paraphernalia used to ascertain the destinies the gods had determined. See Kerchiefs.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
Charm
CHARM, chärm: Definition.—The word charm is derived from the Latin carmen, “a song,” and denotes strictly what is sung; then it comes to mean a magical formula chanted or recited with a view to certain desired results. Charm is distinguished from amulet in this, that the latter is a material object having
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
CHARM
CHARM, CHARMER [לַחַשׁlakhash]. Magical incantation; conjurer of spells. See AMULETS; DIVINATION; ENCHANTER; SNAKE CHARMING.
BANDS, MAGIC
BANDS, MAGIC [כְּסָתוֹתkeseth, כֶּסֶתkesathoth; προσκεφάλιον proskephalion]. Described in Ezek 13:18, 20, 21, par. to Mesopotamian incantation texts, which suggest that these objects were used either for NECROMANCY, DIVINATION, sorcery, childbirth, or HEALING rituals. Binding magic continued to be
INCANTATIONS
INCANTATIONS. Arrangements of words or sounds intended to alter perceived reality in a unique cultural context, often for problem solving. An incantation may be effective alone, or only within a larger performative act, or RITUAL. This power may also depend on the nature and combination of incantation
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